I wrote last week questioning about the departures of Anthony and Billups. To my conclusion I have seen enough to think that this Denver team made the right trade even if Billups isn't welcomed back. After winning in Atlanta and Houston these Nuggets are giving their city something to cheer for. I would have to ask doesn't this team feel better without Anthony?
The Knicks are just overrated. As I thought after the trade was made, bringing in another offensive weapon in a offensive system already thriving was like replacing your tires with nice rims....Yet the car isn't going any faster, any slower. It's the same car, same engine, it sure looks better. The Knicks look great, but has anything changed besides merchandise? Anthony got what he wanted but whats it proving? Anthony trade so far in New York can't beat Indiana, but an Anthony less Nugget team can beat the Celtics. Aren't the Knicks more talented? Maybe not, maybe Carmelo has less Michael Jordan then everyone thought or he claims to have. The overall game isn't matching the swag at this point. Instead his career is looking sorta similiar to me, ala Tracy Mcgrady. Just seems sorta similiar.
Unlike Phoenix when they refused to trade Amare, you guys offered him a fair deal, when he refused you got something in return. It appears to be the right decision. We would know by now if the trade sucked and it just seems to me Carmelo Anthony is probably a player most likely to resemble a Tracy Mcgrady then a Kobe Bryant's career. George Karl is a genius...Not because I think he wanted this to happen, its because I know he IS and the Nuggets haven't really seen this man truely put HIS system into play until now. I think now he can finally coach without having one player being stubborn. Quit giving this guy a bunch of Iverson's and Anthony's and more Payton's, Hawkin's and Billup's and you will truely see a coach deserving of the highest accolades. Since the trade these new group of players have enjoyed success early but be it from their head coach to find a way to start from scratch with a new group of guys and win.
I remember the old SuperSonic days and the Anthony led Nuggets, to me never resembled those SuperSonic teams, they were great teams but their best players played lights out defense. This new Nugget team actually has a watered down resemblence of Karl's old masterful squad. He finally has the peices to install the system that was being held back for years. In no way am I comparing Lawson to Gary Payton in terms of defense but in terms of fundamentals I would and you have huge upside. This new team is not fundamentally flawed like before. 9-2 since the trade? With some pretty convincing victories along the way. Good luck whomever faces this team in the first round. A new team flying under the radar with very little video on their weaknesses as of yet. This could be the making of a great team in Denver.